By Anibal Sanchez on 2020-05-29 14:00 in Extensions Directory Team

JED Team Meeting

The Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) team met on May 29th, 2020, at 15hs UTC, via Glip to discuss our progress of current tasks.

  • In attendance: Anibal Sanchez, Claire Mandville, Dénes Székely, Hugh Douglas-Smith, Jaz Parkyn, Mark Lee, Tobias Zulauf and Wilco Alsemgeest (Assistant to the Department Coordinator).

  • Absent: Carlos Cámara, Daniel Dubois and Luca Marzo.

Team Organization

  • We are processing the queue of new extensions and pending tickets within the seven days processing window. With the addition of new members, we are improving the processing times.
  • For each meeting, an agenda will be shared one week ahead of the meeting (so we can all add our topics), and also a Google Calendar invite will be sent one week ahead of the monthly meeting (at the end of the month).
  • All team members must sign the OSM Non-Disclosure Agreement.
  • We are going to start organizing the tasks with Github Projects. The Project Management GitHub structure is approved for this team.
  • Luca Marzo and Jaz Parkyn to be added to manage the Facebook Page:

Site Maintenence

We continue the effort to complete the JED Cleanup Summary 2020.


  • JED-VEL Merge of Operations: We are evaluating the idea of merging the JED and VEL operations. For more information #175
  • JED Newsletter: After the release of Joomla 4 Beta, we will send a newsletter. Tomorrow, remember that JAndBeyond is taking place, 24 hs of sessions about Joomla, and the long-awaited presentation of Joomla 4 Beta (22:00 UTC - 24:00 CEST) and Joomla 3.10.
  • JED Design Updates: General review of the site design for mobile and desktop. Renewal of JED general visual technology and design. #139
  • List Q1: Quality Requirements of Extensions To improve the current extension quality requirements, we are defining a new set of minimum rules. The idea is to improve the minimum information submitted by the extension developers. #149
    • At this point, these are the rules that we are currently proposing:
      • Listings in English 
      • Project or Download page at least in English
      • Screenshots in English
      • Provide English language files
      • Links linking to the right page (E.g. the demo link must target a proper demo)
      • Screenshots with logo and/or an accurate representation of the extension
  • JED Checker CI Online. This is project scope: At the FFTF, Andy Gaskell and Llewellyn van der Merwe joined the JED Dev Team to support the effort. #67 and #133

JED 4 Project

  • JED4 development has been continuing. To contribute to the project, join the team!
  • The board approved the proposal to make the new JED 4 codebase and project information available publicly.
  • The Review Detective and Review Scores will be kept private within the JED team.
  • This is the JED 4 Project Scope Summary. To simplify the project coordination, we have the JED - Developer Chat room in Glip for developers to work on JED4. Please, join the JED Dev Chat on Glip to discuss the scope and access the rest of the materials we are working on.
  • The JED 4 development repository has been published: Please, check the list of issues and collaborate with the development.

Proposed JED Guidelines for Joomla 4

  • Potential backward compatibility issues in Joomla 4
  • Frequently Answered Questions about Joomla 4
  • New extensions guidelines for J4 and JED Checker CI for Joomla 4#67
  • Minimum technical requirements: We have been discussing the steps to manage extensions for Joomla 3, and Joomla 4 after Joomla 4 is released, to keep compatibility with minimum technical requirements for Joomla 3 and encourage the usage of PHP latest stable version and security practices.
  • Override Everything: All assets should go through HTML helper or web assets. In this way, the assets are overridable, and scripts can be put in the footer and still work. Restrict handwritten script tags in the output (This needs to go through addScriptDeclaration). Include assets ONLY in the layouts, not in the main logic.
  • Joomla 4 Beta is planned to be released this year. We are updating our plans accordingly. The release is going to happen after JAndBeyond 2020 (May). 

Scoring Issues

  • An issue on the extensions scoring has been reported. We are looking for a developer to evaluate the current algorithm and fix the issue. For more information #84

Spam Checks for Reviews

The current system to process Spam Review needs to be revamped. The current implementation has several shortcomings that must be addressed.

In the short term, to clarify the validation output, we are improving the messages shown to the user. Spam Checkup can fail due to the following points:

  • You may be using an IP masking service
  • A VPN
  • A server is actively running on your desktop IP

In the medium term, we are planning to redefine the system and implement a new checkup in the context of the JED4 project. We are updating the progress in the implementation here #65.